A review of current development in natural fiber composites for structural and infrastructure applications

Ticoalu, Adriana and Aravinthan, Thiru and Cardona, Francisco (2010) A review of current development in natural fiber composites for structural and infrastructure applications. In: Southern Region Engineering Conference (SREC 2010), 10-12 Nov 2010, Toowoomba, Australia.

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Abstract

Natural fiber composites (NFC) as the name implies is made of natural resources thus possesses environmentally beneficial properties such as biodegradability. With its natural characteristics, NFC is obtaining more attention in recent years in various application including automotive, merchandise,structural and infrastructure. Several studies have shown that NFC can be developed into a load-bearing structural member for applications in structural and infrastructure application. As an engineered material, similar with synthetic fiber composites, the properties of NFC can be tailored to meet certain requirements. The challenge in working with NFC is the large variation in properties and characteristics. The properties of NFC to a large extent influenced by the type of fibers, environmental condition where the plant fibers are sourced and the type of fiber treatments. However, with their unique and wide range of variability, natural fiber composites could emerge as a new alternative engineering material which can substitute the use of synthetic fiber composites.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: USQ conference. Proceedings available in http://www.usq.edu.au/engsummit/proceedings
Depositing User: Ms Adriana Ticoalu
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - No Department
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2011 02:56
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2013 07:24
Uncontrolled Keywords: natural fiber; bio composite; plant fiber; infrastructure; fiber composites
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090599 Civil Engineering not elsewhere classified
09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091202 Composite and Hybrid Materials
03 Chemical Sciences > 0305 Organic Chemistry > 030502 Natural Products Chemistry
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/9253

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